The Road Online PDF by Cormac McCarthy
Click Here to Download the Book A searing, post apocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthyâ€™s masterpiece. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they donâ€™t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged foodâ€”and each other.
Reviews A harrowing, yet beautifully elegiac, tale of a man and his son struggling to survive in the face of the end of the world. Though the disaster that has befallen the Earth is never expressly stated, it seems to resemble some sort of nuclear winter scenario. Crops and livestock are all gone. The rivers and streams are emptied of fish, the trees are all dead and crumbling and the last sorry remnants of the human race have essentially turned into desperate scavengers or predatory vampires in order to survive. Against the backdrop of seemingly inevitable extinction, a man tries against the odds to retain the most fundamental aspect of humanity: he tries to raise a son and keep him from harm. McCarthy's prose is laconic, yet rich and though perhaps the darkest book ever written on the future of mankind, the thing that resonates the most is the unbreakable familial bond between parent and child. One of the best books I've ever read.
I just finished this book. I am quite blown away by it. The writing was stunning. It was so wonderfully succinct. I loved the relationship between the father and son. The Father's love for his son was so beautiful and I loved it in contrast with the bleakness of the world. For me, that is what made this story. I wondered about what happened to the world at first, but after awhile it didn't matter to me anymore. It doesn't matter. I believe the story is this father and son's relationship. The book is bleak and there are some frightening and gory moments in it. I hesitated to read it while I was eating lunch sometimes. It was recommended it me by a patron on a really dark, dreary day. I had just finished telling him some bad news that happened to me recently. He saw the book on the shelf and came up to the reference desk and said, "you should read this. It's the perfect book for a day like this. Sit down with a glass of wine and just enjoy the writing." He explained that the story was kind of bleak but it was worth it. He was so right! I'm glad he recommended it. It's one of the best books I've ever read and I look forward to reading more from Cormac McCarthy.
The Road is ostensibly about a man and boy surviving day to day following an untold apocalyptic event that has
left the world barren and shrouded in darkness. They are attempting to find salvation by reaching the coast, all the while battling the elements, crippling hunger, other survivors and the voice in their heads saying that they’d just be better off dead. McCarthy pared down prose echoes the landscape in a way that is at first very difficult to get used but then becomes integral to experience of reading this book. Some of the passages truly are poetic. This book is an example of when less can be infinitely more; when what isn’t said or described is almost more important than what is. This is goes even as far as leaving the characters nameless. It’s a subtle way of allowing ‘the man’ to be any man; it’s not Bob Smith wandering the around, it could be anyone – including you. It doesn’t matter what his name is because it says nothing about who he is at the world’s end. The simplicity of the sentences belies the complexity of story and the skill of writer and this meticulously realised post-apocalyptic hell feels all too plausible given the current way of the real world. The words bleak and unforgiving in no way do justice to this book. The unremitting misery of the character’s fight for survival can feel as choking as the foul air that they are breathing, but beneath the desperation is a story of true love and hope. There is a touching balance and inter-dependence between innocence of the boy, who has known no other world than the one buried under ash, and the father, who knows full well how it will all end. The book has a lot to say on our relationship with the world, and particularly man’s drive for survival and proclivity for searching for meaning, when all meaning appears lost. The story works best when it is just the man and boy making their way along the road; I found that some of the subtleties of the meditations on life and god are lost on occasions where they bump into strangers and ‘the message’ seems a little shoe-horned in. That said, these encounters managed to convey more on what it is to be human than countless other entire books. The end left me with a strong mix of heavily conflicting feelings, and I know that most will not be happy with it for one reason or other. This book will really stay with me for a long time because it is the first that has ever made me genuinely cry from having really cared about the characters, and for that, I can’t praise it enough.
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